How can we know who we are
Unless we are shown?
Humanity did not evolve
And cannot persist in a vacuum.
In the absence of other humans
What would we be?
No infant would survive
With no breast to feed it,
No language would be learned
Without others to speak to,
No reality contextualised
With no community to draw from.
As adults we often imagine ourselves
As self-determining individuals
But we are not even possible
In this age of isolation
When we encounter more pixelated faces on screens
Than bare faces in person,
Where we have more phone calls
Than real hugs
Our very sanity is under stress,
And our bodies ache for
What our hearts deep down know to be true;
That it is impossible to be fully human